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The Aristocracy of Intent

posted at 3:18 pm on July 23, 2009 by

President Obama’s bizarre prime-time press conference last night illustrated one of the worst aspects of socialism: the insularity of its elites. This was clearly the performance of someone who expects to be shielded from criticism, opposition, practical considerations, and the results of his actions.

People often wonder how liberals can regard themselves as such an enlightened elite, while running down every other aspect of the society they nominally belong to. If every successful person in America is greedy, cruel, and selfish, how can financially successful liberals claim to be morally superior? The answer is nothing so simple as hypocrisy, although liberals are very sensitive to that accusation, and constantly project it onto others. The truth was visible in Obama’s press conference last night. What you saw was not a humble servant of the people, carrying out his duties as the executive of a constitutional republic. It wasn’t even a man discussing an idea he thinks is brilliant, and trying to convince others to support it. It was a monarch who could barely conceal his anger and frustration at those who dare to question his wisdom. Liberals regard themselves as an aristocracy of intent, a privileged class made superior by their dedication to “selfless” principles.

Naturally, such an insular elite sees itself surrounded by enemies. These enemies cannot, by definition, have anything but the most vile and selfish motives – otherwise, they would be supporting the liberal program, not opposing it. That’s why Obama was willing to make an utter fool of himself last night, by characterizing doctors as bloodthirsty ghouls who can’t wait to dismantle our children and sell them for scrap, starting with their tonsils. It’s interesting that Obama didn’t have anything better prepared for his press conference, since he went in knowing the public was turning decisively against him. He really didn’t think he would need to do anything other than dazzle his audience with his limitless compassion and charisma, while pointing out what soulless monsters his opponents are.

Liberal voters are always eager to excuse the failures of their leadership by emphasizing how much they “care.” You can find this sort of thinking deployed on Obama’s behalf today. At least he’s trying to “do something” about the health-care “crisis,” which we can no longer ignore! Of course, this “broken” health-care system has higher approval ratings than any politician in the country. We should be spending more time worrying about how to fix our broken government. It’s especially rich to hear the architect of the “stimulus” swindle criticize anyone else for trying to rob customers by billing for unnecessary procedures. Is the total value of all extraneous medical procedures for the past six months more than $787 billion?

As it stands, government is far more responsible than any business interest for the systemic problems that do exist in the medical industry., but this idea simply does not appear on the liberal radar screen. The intent of benevolent big-government programs places their results beyond criticism. To the Left, it simply is not possible that “reforms” intended to increase access to health care, and make it more affordable, could result in rationing and higher prices… any more than increases in tax rates could lead to reduced revenue for the government. Since nothing could ever be improved by reducing government involvement, that option is presumptively swept off the table, leaving the Left to devise increasingly wasteful and counter-productive schemes to address the problems with its previous schemes. A sinking ship is extremely difficult to repair, if you begin by declaring the big hole in the side of the hull cannot possibly by the reason you’re taking on water.

The radiant aura of their good intentions insulates liberals from even the most basic criticisms they level at others. Lots of those “greedy” health care professionals are female, but I doubt many of them are rocking $6000.00 handbags like Michele Obama. You’d have to steal a lot of tonsils to afford the kind of million-dollar night on Broadway the Obamas are known to enjoy. The moral superiority of leftist politics transcends any personal transgressions he might have committed. When Ted Kennedy finally passes away, you can expect the media to float the idea that Mary Jo Kopechne’s life was a small price to pay for decades of having this magnificent liberal lion stalk the halls of the Senate.

The Left is also very selective in who it chooses to criticize for greed and selfishness. We obviously aren’t meant to hate hard-working schoolteachers or auto workers for striving to provide the best for their families, but we’re supposed to hate hard-working dentists so much that we’ll turn their entire industry into a penitentiary. By the way, the median income for those evil tonsil-grabbing pediatricians is about $150k per year. How much is Henry Gates pulling down per year? The President seemed a lot more concerned about inconveniencing Gates than he did about disrupting the lives of the millions who are happy with their current health insurance.

The power of the free-market capitalism despised by the Democrats is that it shows far more interest in results than intentions. The free market has very little time to spare for well-meaning failures. It certainly doesn’t appropriate a couple million dollars worth of prime-time television to ram them down people’s throats. The profit motive, so casually impugned by desperate liberals, is the best thing going for the consumers of any product – from health care, to computers, to cat food – because it is the best way to ensure the highest level of sustained effort from the greatest number of producers. If health care is completely nationalized, there are some doctors who will continue to practice their trade with undiminished dedication, entirely out of concern for their patients… but neither health care, nor any other industry, can rely entirely on the efforts of such people.

The angry and confused man on television last night did not think he would ever find himself playing defense – and losing. He thought he only needed to announce he was giving away “free” health care, then bask in the adulation of the grateful multitudes, like any beloved king. Aristocrats rarely take criticism well, and they lack a capitalist’s creative energy for dealing with setbacks. If you ever do need your tonsils out, you’re better off hiring a greedy doctor than a caring bureaucrat. It looks like you might just be allowed to continue making that decision.

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Xerxes once had the Hellespont lashed out of anger (he actually punished the point of land for a storm that ruined his bridge).

I can’t imagine who Obama will punish other than the American people.

GunRunner on July 24, 2009 at 1:29 AM

This article will fly over the head of most liberals that read it.

The few that do get it simply won’t care about the consequences you outlined.

scotash on July 24, 2009 at 1:57 AM

Bravo Dr. Zero

JKotthoff on July 24, 2009 at 3:01 AM

When do liberals stop getting passes for their much-vaunted “intentions”? We all know their intentions are not exactly for the people.

amkun on July 24, 2009 at 3:14 AM

[Liberals]They aren’t intelligent, though. They are just masters of the three D’s:

1) Deception
2) Deflection

..and I forget 3)

blatantblue on July 23, 2009 at 8:43 PM

#3 Defecation, ie they sh!t on everone sooner or later!

Also, megaKudos to Dr. Zero!

and atheling as they say, “you magnificent bastard”, ‘preciate the ref. to the TR speech – Middle of Target!

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on July 24, 2009 at 5:47 AM

Doc Zero nails Doctor O.

RandyChandler on July 24, 2009 at 6:25 AM

Spot on.

Only their good intentions matter, results are irrelevant, yet they claim they are the ones who are “reality based”?

Woody on July 24, 2009 at 6:30 AM

“Kennedy finally passes away, you can expect the media to float the idea that Mary Jo Kopechne’s life was a small price to pay for decades of having this magnificent liberal lion stalk the halls of the Senate”(Dr. Zero)

The thing about this statement–horrible but true. I don’t give much thought to the concept of ‘hell’–but if Kennedy’s got to stalk something in the after life this is as good a choice as any.

jeanie on July 24, 2009 at 8:24 AM

When Ted Kennedy finally passes away, you can expect the media to float the idea that Mary Jo Kopechne’s life was a small price to pay for decades of having this magnificent liberal lion stalk the halls of the Senate.

That prediction made me shiver which my wife noticed and ask what was wrong. After she read it her reaction was, “My God they wouldn’t would they”? Yes they would.

Great read and spot on article, I’ve become a fan Doctor Zero.

Bogeyfre on July 24, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Excellent summation.

Perhaps the same team responsible for the levee failure in Nawlins could take care of draining Lake Obama.

Oh wait, that was Louisiana Democrats, siphoning off the funds for proper levee footings.

Does that make it the same team?


acat on July 24, 2009 at 12:10 PM